Dan Marino turns 55 today. He still hasn’t won a Super Bowl title. His best chance came 31 years ago in just his second pro season. The Hall of Fame quarterback threw for 318 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions in a 38-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XIX. He never made it past the AFC Championship game after that.
Marino is arguably the greatest NFL player to never put fingerprints on the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In honor of Marino’s birthday and the fact that we were all born to one day die, let’s look at the 10 other great pro athletes that never won it all.
The “Round Mound of Rebound” played 16 seasons in the NBA and won the same number of titles as I did: zero. Barkely made the postseason 13 times in stints with the 76ers, Suns, and Rockets. He led the Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993, where even a Game 4 triple-double couldn’t keep the Michael Jordan Bulls from glory. He made millions of dollars, played in 11 All-Star games, won league MVP in the 1992-93 season, and is fifth on the league’s all-time offensive rebound list. He retired in 1999 as just the fourth player in league history to have 20,000 career points, 10,000 rebounds and 2,000 assists. He was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, but he never won it all, so we remain equals. We are not role models.